Friday 20 October 2017

Melania Trump wore a $51k coat by Dolce & Gabbana at the G7 Summit

U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives in Duomo's square in the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy, May 26, 2017. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives in Duomo's square in the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy, May 26, 2017. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives at the Magritte Museum in Brussels, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a concert of La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina during the Heads of State and of Government G7 summit, on May 26, 2017 in Sicily. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images
U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives in Duomo's square in the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy, May 26, 2017. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

The Trumps don't do subtlety.

US First Lady Melania Trump's penchant for designer clothing is no secret - she's never been pictured in the same outfit more than once and relies on a stable roster of high fashion designers to keep her signature style in check - but she has outdone even herself with her latest fashion choice.

During President Trump's first foreign tour, Melania's wardrobe has been scrutinised more than normal and it looks like she is staying loyal to the designers who have stuck by her side in the wake of increasing criticism on her husband's policies and her absence from public life.

The US first couple have been in Italy in recent days for the G7 Summit and on Friday, the former model (46) was pictured alongside other spouses of foreign leaders wearing a floral coat by Dolce & Gabbana, straight from the runway at Milan Fashion Week, costing a total of $51,000.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives in Duomo's square in the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy, May 26, 2017. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives in Duomo's square in the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy, May 26, 2017. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Earlier in the week, the mother-of-one opted for a black lace coat and skirt by the brand to meet Pope Francis at The Vatican, prompting critics to troll the fashion house on social media.

But designer Stefano Gabbana is making his alliances very clear and giving it right back, sarcastically telling people to #BoycottDolceGabbana alongside an image of Mrs Trump in Rome.

They are the first major brand to publicly boast about dressing the Slovenia native, while a number of other designers have declared their refusal to dress her, notably Tom Ford who said his designs are too expensive for the first lady to be pictured in.

"The first lady — other than the fact that I'm a Democrat and voted for Hillary [Clinton] and am very sad and disappointed that she’s not in office — even had Hillary won, she shouldn't be wearing my clothes. They're too expensive," he told WWD in December.

From left : US First Lady Melania Trump (L) listens to Amanda Succi, wife of Catania's mayor, Enzo Bianco, as they stand at the balcony during a visit at the City Hall of Catania on the sidelines of a G7 summit of the Heads of State and of Government in Taormina, on May 26, 2017 in Sicily
From left : US First Lady Melania Trump (L) listens to Amanda Succi, wife of Catania's mayor, Enzo Bianco, as they stand at the balcony during a visit at the City Hall of Catania on the sidelines of a G7 summit of the Heads of State and of Government in Taormina, on May 26, 2017 in Sicily

Contrarily, Tommy Hilfiger said his clothes have nothing to do with politics, explaining: "I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her."

Irish designer Paul Costelloe praised her glamorous style, "I think as a First Lady, Melania is probably the most glamorous since Jackie Kennedy. She will set trends as First Lady. She likes strong colours that work well.

"For the inauguration, I liked the colour of the Ralph Lauren number and I thought she looked comfortable in it.

"I think she definitely has her own individual style. Melania isn't the slimmest person in the world, but she wears everything very well. She was a model so she has good posture. She's certainly Donald's trophy wife, and she behaves accordingly."

US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a concert of La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina during the Heads of State and of Government G7 summit, on May 26, 2017 in Sicily. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images
US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump arrive for a concert of La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina during the Heads of State and of Government G7 summit, on May 26, 2017 in Sicily. / AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

Later on Friday night for the G7 concert, Melania wore another Dolce & Gabbana outfit - this time, a shimmering silver midi dress with crystal heels.

Who would have thought a woman who lives in a gilded New York City triplex wasn't in touch with the average shopper?

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